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Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco takes a top Doc NYC prize by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2017-11-17 14:14:54

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Doc NYC Artistic Director Thom Powers Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

James Crump's Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco is the Grand Jury Prize Metropolis Competition winner and The Stranger, directed by Nicole N Horanyi, tops the Viewfinders Competition in the 2017 Doc NYC juried feature programs.

Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco poster

Statement from Metropolis jurors Andrew Rossi (The First Monday In May, Bronx Gothic), Art Basel film programmer Marian Masone and Nantucket Film Festival executive director Mystelle Brabbée: "For rescuing a vital figure in the fashion industry from the background of New York in the 1970s, when the joy and diversity of a new creative vision helped the city emerge from darkness, the Metropolis jury awards Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex Fashion & Disco by filmmaker James Crump."

Statement from Viewfinders jurors Doug Block (The Kids Grow Up, 51 Birch Street), Vox film critic Alissa Wilkinson and Women Make Movies executive »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Getting with the programme by Anne-Katrin Titze

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Jairus McLeary in the Soho House screening room on The Work: "It's very masculine. That's why Amy Foote, our editor, and Alice Henty, the producer, they were the first women to see this footage." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Rebecca Miller's Arthur Miller: Writer; Doug Nichol's California Typewriter; Andrew Rossi on Okwui Okpokwasili's Bronx Gothic; Elvira Lind's Bobbi Jene; Michael Almereyda's Escapes on Hampton Fancher; Brett Morgen's Jane on Jane Goodall; Ceyda Torun's KEDi; Sabine Krayenbühl and Zeva Oelbaum's Letters From Baghdad with Tilda Swinton voicing Getrude Bell; Griffin Dunne's Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold; Agnès Varda and Jr's Faces Places; Neasa Ní Chianáin and David Rane's School Life; Ferne Pearlstein's The Last Laugh; Lara Stolman's Swim Team; Kirk Simon's The Pulitzer At 100, and Josh Koury and Myles Kane's Voyeur on Gay Talese »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Highlights of Russian Film Week by Amber Wilkinson

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Attraction will open Russian Film Week

As the second Russian Film Week announced its programme in London this week, I was one of a group of international journalists lucky enough to be taking part in the first Fipresci Colloquium dedicated to Russian cinema, which I'll be writing more about in the coming days.

The great news for London cinefiles is, they can enjoy some of the same films that we've been getting the chance to see on their home turf and which suggest that the current cinematic landscape in Russia is both drawing on tradition and breaking new ground, with several debut directors making their mark. The festival runs from November 19 to 26, and while the programme, in general, is strong, I particularly recommend the following:

Attraction - This opening night film from actor-turned-director Fedor Bondarchuk is an alien invasion story with a Russian twist. When an alien spacecraft is forced to crashland in Moscow, »

- Amber Wilkinson

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Out of sight by Jennie Kermode

16 November 2017 6:19 AM, PST

Simon Cotton, Jasmine Hyde and Richard Flood at the Unseen première in London Photo: Getty Images

The stars were out on Tuesday night for the London première of Gary Sinyor's new thriller The Unseen, which stars Jasmine Hyde as a woman trying to put her life back together after the loss of her young son. Attending in a magnificent gown by Miami designer Misha Kaura, Jasmine looked a world away from her character, who must wrestle not only with the pain of bereavement but with panic attacks that rob her of her sight - just as her husband (played by Richard Flood) is starting to hear voices.

A twisting tale with a heroine who is determined to control her own destiny despite the pressures she faces, The Unseen provided a big break for Jasmine, who has previously been seen in The Truth Commissioner and A Distant Mirage. "My first lead in a feature, »

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Get Out to compete as a comedy in Golden Globe race by Jennie Kermode - 2017-11-15 16:51:23

15 November 2017 8:51 AM, PST

Get Out

In 2016, fans and critics alike were confused by the decision to nominate The Martian in the Best Comedy or Musical category at the Golden Globes. This year, there has been a similar reaction to the news that Get Out has been nominated in the same category.

The film, which was marketed as horror, has humorous elements but is much darker in tone. Some have suggested that treating it as a comedy undermines the seriousness of its message about racism, making it a 'safer' film for white audiences - and white awards voters.

Every awards season, concerns are raised about 'category-hopping', a term refering to the nomination of films, stars or crew members in dubious categories because the more obvious categories for them to compete in seem too crowded. Some voters refuse to support nominations where they think this has happened.

Some have argued that a new category should be. »

- Jennie Kermode

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